Quarterback Justin Holman will get the start against UConn Saturday at 3:45 p.m., head coach George O’Leary said on the Open Mike radio show with Mike Bianchi Thursday morning.
“Justin’s back practicing every day, he’ll start,” he said.
Holman left the second game of the season with a finger injury during UCF’s first drive against Stanford and has missed the last three games.
The stitches in Holman’s finger were removed and he was cleared to play by doctors prior to the game in Tulane, but he didn’t travel with the team because did not feel comfortable throwing full speed with complete accuracy, O’Leary said during Monday’s press conference.
Holman completed 23 of 36 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns prior to his injury. True freshman Bo Schneider and redshirt freshman Tyler Harris have each taken reps in Holman’s absence.
Schneider earned all three starts and threw 54-for-102 with 534 yards, two touchdowns and seven interceptions. Harris completed 24 of 47 passes for 287 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
O’Leary also said that the team will continue to pick up the pace of its offense by continuing to incorporate no-huddle into its offense.
“We’re getting a couple back that it will work out well,” O’Leary said on the radio show. “[Taylor] Oldham will be back too.”
Redshirt junior wide receiver Oldham had the second most receiving yards last season among returners with 35 yards on three receptions. Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Akins had the most with 135 yards on 12 catches. Akins is out for the year with a torn ACL.
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